Steuben READ Express to look at ‘Macbeths’

As part of a continuing celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, this year’s Steuben County READ (Read Enjoy and Discuss) Express will offer views of many different versions and a variety of media telling the story of Macbeth, a historical king who lived c. 1005-1057.

On Monday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. a mixed panel in Trine University’s Fabiani Theater will discuss two very different Macbeths — one a graphic novel by Gareth Hinds and the other a Japanese manga. Angola High School students Mason Macknick, Maggie Murphy and Camden Shields and Fremont High School students Lea Belcher, Thayne Camp and Madison Jackson will be joined by Trine University faculty members Mike Biegas and Allen Hersel, Ph.D.

The film “Macbeth” (2015) will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, also in Fabiani Theatre. Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard and directed by Justin Kurzel, this film received a 10-minute standing ovation at the end of the Cannes Film Festival. A powerful rendition of murderous ambition and its consequences, some critics complain the imagery and music employed by cinematographer Adam Arkapaw overpower the dialogue at times. Others respond that the overall tone is so well-rendered that the audience does not have to understand every single word.

Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10-12, Trine University’s Drama Club will present “Macbeth: The Story of the Witches” beginning at 7 p.m. each evening in Taylor Hall’s Wells Theater. The performance includes significant narration by the witches that explains the stories and scenes from the play. In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, fresh from victorious battle with Norway, is promised by the witches that he will become king. After his brief struggle with honor versus ambition, his wife helps him take the step necessary to fulfill his destiny – killing the king. However, that ambition quickly turns into a tide of murder designed to keep Macbeth on the throne. The presentation will be directed by Trine University student Austin Baker, with Colleen Pepple as stage manager. Timothy Hopp, Ph.D., is faculty advisor.

Steuben READ Express is sponsored by the Humanities Institute at Trine University with support from the Steuben County Community Foundation. All events are free and open to the public.